June: Through the Years
June 1, 1830-1880 and 1900: Marks the day the census was taken.
Bossier Parish was established in 1843. By the time the 1850 census was taken, the population was 6,962. In 1860, the population was grew to 11,348 citizens. As of 2019, Bossier Parish has more than 127, 000 in population.
*Please enjoy the photos of some early settlers from our parish.
C.1890’s: Matlock Family Photograph. (Identifications are written on reverse side. Three men on back row: John (Jack) Matlock, Robert Emmett Matlock, Charley E. Matlock (4 people standing to the left of the above 3) Ella Matlock, Unknown, Strother Matlock (Grandma's father), Maggie Matlock (Grandma's Mother), (3 girls standing, all Matlocks) Alice, Susan (died young), Ida (Front Row) Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, John R. Matlock, Parthenia R. Matlock, Grover Matlock, Elvira Holloway
1997.046.002Mike Montgomery Collection
C.1900: Aaron W. and Mary Jane Kirklin with their children: Sarah Jane, (Aaron) Daniel, Minnie Susannah and Jasper Whittington Kirklin. See Geneology notes for birth dates.
1997.081.019 Faulk Collection
C. 1900-190 Zachary Family Reunion
Jun 8, 1956: Miss Margaret Dell Collins wins the 1956 Miss Bossier Pageant.
Jun. 4, 1956: The Shreveport Journal
Jun. 9, 1956: The Shreveport Journal
1957: Margaret Delle Collins
1957 Louisiana Polytechnic Institute Yearbook
Jun.23, 1925: Two fires broke out on both sides of Cane Street (Barksdale Boulevard) destroying buildings and homes in the downtown area.
Jun. 24, 1925: The Shreveport Journal
Jun. 25, 1925: The Times
1920: Cane Street before the 1925 fires. George "Willie" Chambers, , Jr walking down Cain St/Barksdale Blvd. Before the 1925 fire
2000.061.021 Cardin Collection
Jun.30, 1909: The first successful oil well was recorded for Bossier Parish. It was 900 to 1,100 feet deep and was drilled by the Gulf Coast Oil and Gas Co. on the Oakland Plantation. The first oil well was being drilled in the Phelp's Lake bottom five miles west of Plain Dealing in 1907. Bossier Parish History: the first 150 years by Cliff Cardin Pg. 104
Jan. 10, 1907, The Bossier Banner
1916: "Pete's Mule Team". Pete Shaver was Charlcye Shaver Skov's father. He lived in Bossier City and worked in Oil City. Ober Teaming Oil Co. and Pine Island Teaming and Oil Co. circ. 1916-18 Caddo/Oil City, LA. Photo shows 8 mules hooked to a metal barrel wagon (used to move oil), three men (unidentified) are visible in the photo.
2014.049.005 Watts Collections
Jul. 1, 1909: The Bossier Banner
c.1920's: Oil field workers. It is believed that Will and Frank Hall are the boys in the photo, and that W.E. Hall is the gentlemen holding the youngest boy.
2014.040.009 Lasiter Collection